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WKU students will start college life by volunteering through Big Red’s Blitz

For the last nine years countless students at WKU have chosen to start their college life by volunteering through a day of service titled Big Red’s Blitz. In the last two years, 630 students participated and coordinators look forward to more than 300 students volunteering this year on Aug. 23.

During last year’s Big Red’s Blitz, these WKU students volunteered at the Foundry in Bowling Green. This year’s Big Red Blitz activities are scheduled for Aug. 23 at 27 organizations in Bowling Green.

WKU’s Big Red’s Blitz, part of the M.A.S.T.E.R. (Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding) Plan week for first-year students, is coordinated by Housing and Residence Life and the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships.

Students meet at 9 a.m. to select a volunteer location. After President Gary Ransdell addresses the group, the students will leave to volunteer for up to four hours at 27 community organizations that need assistance. Some of the organizations participating this year include Habitat for Humanity, Jody Richards Elementary, Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club, Lost River Cave, and the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society. Another organization participating again this year is Community Action of Southern Kentucky.

“It (Big Red’s Blitz) is very beneficial to us because the project is making mats for the homeless. It is a massive project, so the more people we can get involved, the better,” said Charity Parrish, Community Action’s public information coordinator.

The ALIVE Center will be accepting plastic bags leading up to Aug. 23 for the Community Action project. The students at that project site will use the plastic bags to make mats for the homeless in the area.

After volunteering during Big Red’s Blitz, the students will return to campus for a reflection component titled “Now What?” in which students will discuss what they did, why the service was needed, and in what ways can they continue to serve while at WKU. “Now What?,” led by staff at the WKU Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility and ALIVE Center, will help students transform their experience into meaningful learning.

For information regarding student involvement in Big Red’s Blitz, contact Blair Silliman at blair.silliman@wku.edu. For information regarding project sites, contact Aurelia Spaulding at aurelia.spaulding@wku.edu.

Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082.

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